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Month: May 2018

BREAKING: JOHESU SUSPENDS STRIKE (COPY OF COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT NEC MEETING)

BREAKING: JOHESU SUSPENDS STRIKE (COPY OF COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT NEC MEETING)

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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING OF JOINT HEALTH SECTOR UNIONS (JOHESU) AND ASSEMBLY OF HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS (AHPA) AT MEDICAL AND HEALTH WORKERS’ UNION OF NIGERIA NATIONAL SECRETARIAT (AYUBA WABBA HOUSE) ON 31ST MAY, 2018 Nigerians and consumers of healthcare services will recall that the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) embarked on a nationwide strike action on midnight of 17th April, 2018 owing to the failure of Federal Government through the Ministry of Health to honour agreements willfully signed with the unions on 30th September, 2017, after due notice of sixty six (66) cumulative days. Following series of meetings (8) with the Federal Government team under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (FMoL&a
Snake Bite: Centre Records 70 Cases, Alerts Gombe Residents

Snake Bite: Centre Records 70 Cases, Alerts Gombe Residents

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The Snake Bite Treatment Centre, Kaltungo in Gombe, has alerted people in state particularly farmers, to be vigilant, due to the increased number cases recorded in the hospital. Dr Abubakar Balla, the officer in charge of the centre, told Our Reporter in Kaltungo on Monday that 70 snake bite patients were on admission in the hospital. Balla said that the hospital admitted nine to 10 persons daily since the onset of the rains unlike during the dry season when two or three people were treated daily. “We discharge people daily and admit new ones; the situation is bad, and people need to take precaution because prevention is better than cure. “Those going to farm should wear boots, hand gloves and hold sticks,” he said. Balla said that the facility had sufficient drugs supplied
World No Tobacco Day: Tobacco and Heart Disease

World No Tobacco Day: Tobacco and Heart Disease

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Tobacco use has declined markedly since 2000, according to a new WHO report, but the reduction is insufficient to meet globally agreed targets aimed at protecting people from death and suffering from cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). For  World No Tobacco Day 2018, WHO has joined with the World Heart Federation to highlight  the link between tobacco and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) -  the world’s leading causes of death, responsible for 44% of all NCD deaths, or 17.9 million deaths annually. Tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure are major causes of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and stroke, contributing to approximately 3 million deaths per year. But evidence reveals  a serious  lack of knowledge of the multiple health risks associated
#JOHESUStrike2018: No Pay for Health Workers, FG Insists

#JOHESUStrike2018: No Pay for Health Workers, FG Insists

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, again on Wednesday said that the Federal Government would not pay members of the Joint Health Sector Unions, who had been on strike since April 17. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, stated this during a telephone interview with The PUNCH, just as Justice Sanusi Kado of the National Industrial Court in Abuja ordered the union to call off its strike latest Friday. JOHESU, which comprises all health professionals excluding medical doctors, had declared a nationwide strike on April 17, 2018, despite pleas from the Federal Government. The Federal Government consequently implemented a ‘No work, no pay’ policy thereby stopping the April and May salaries of the striking workers. However, the minister told The PUNCH that the worker
Gombe State Government Reaches Agreement With JOHESU Union

Gombe State Government Reaches Agreement With JOHESU Union

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At the end of the meeting between Gombe State Government under the leadership of his Excellency Alh (Dr) Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo OON (Talban Gombe), the Executive Governor of Gombe State, Nigeria Labour Congress and representative of JOHESU which took place on Monday 28th May 2018 at Government House, Gombe State the following issues were discussed: The Gombe State Government under His Excellency Alh (Dr) Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo OON (Talban Gombe) has agreed to address all issues raised by JOHESU as presented in their demands as soon as possible The leadership of JOHESU and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will collaborate to follow up the decisions reached with the view to implementing them. The issues are as follows 1. Payment of the remaining 10% CONHESS and allowances to JOHES...
Ebola: Airport Authorities Pick-up 95 Percent of Travelers with High Fever in Abuja

Ebola: Airport Authorities Pick-up 95 Percent of Travelers with High Fever in Abuja

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria yesterday announced that it had detected and picked up over 95 per cent of travellers who had high fever as they travelled through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. FAAN said this was in its bid to avoid the re-emergence of the dreaded Ebola virus in the country. It also stated that in conjunction with other agencies of government at the airport, it had established a public health emergency contingency plan at the NAIA and other key international airports in the country in order to effectively guard against the disease. The Head of Medical, FAAN, Dr. Adamu Adamu, disclosed this during a media tour of the Abuja airport, where hundreds of passengers and crew members on-board Emirates Airlines, including the Minister of State f...
#JOHESUStrike2018: Buhari’s Enemies Behind Strike – Northern Youths

#JOHESUStrike2018: Buhari’s Enemies Behind Strike – Northern Youths

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The Northern Youths Forum on Wednesday stated that the ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) was “politically motivated.” The organisation alleged that the JOHESU strike was “induced by looters, fraudsters and economic saboteurs who have issues with President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration”. Addressing a joint press conference in Jos, the National Coordinator, Maimuna Abdullahi, and Secretary of the group, Saeed Siraj, noted that the action was meant to demarket the current administration ahead of the 2019 general elections. Noting that workers’ welfare, including conditions of service, salaries, and other emoluments should be the utmost of their employers, the group believed that the strike was in a bid to score undue political points. NYF said: “W
Association of Radiographers Directs Members to Ignore Threats from the FMOH

Association of Radiographers Directs Members to Ignore Threats from the FMOH

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RE: ON GOING NATIONWIDE INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN JOINT HEALTH SECTOR UNION (JOHESU) AND THREATS FROM FEDERAL HEALTH INSTITUTIONS. As you are aware, the Association of Radiographers of Nigeria (ARN) is an affiliate of NUAHP and therefore in total support of the ongoing nationwide strike action by JOHESU which commenced since 17th April, 2018.  As we continue in the spirit of struggle to participate fully with members or JOFIESU nationwide in the light for our common rights, it is imperative to inform Radiographers, members of ARN and her affiliates Nation Wide and Diaspora not to succumb to different forms of threats from health facilities as indicated in a circular released by the Federal Government with Ref No: DHS/166/T2/220 dated 28th May, 2018, in respect to the above subject matter.
#JOHESUStrike2018: JOHESU Grounds Activities at University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH)

#JOHESUStrike2018: JOHESU Grounds Activities at University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH)

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Members of the Joint Health Staff Union (JOHESU) of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) have commenced action to ground activities in the teaching hospital. Speaking at a rally organized by the striking health workers in Ilorin yesterday, chairman of the union, Comrade Olawumi Olutunde, said that the resolution followed a circular by the minister of Health in conjunction with chief medical directors (CMDs) of tertiary institutions to sack all members of the union should they fail to discontinue ongoing strike action and resume work within 24 hours. It is recalled that intervention of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, failed to assuage members of the union, who had reportedly rejected 15 per cent salary increase offered during a meeting with leadership of the unio...
Resident Doctors Say They Can’t Guarantee Industrial Harmony After June 2

Resident Doctors Say They Can’t Guarantee Industrial Harmony After June 2

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The Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors says it cannot guarantee industrial harmony after a scheduled meeting on June 2. Dr Ugochukwu Eze, the NARD Publicity and Social Secretary, Kaduna State branch, made this known at a news conference, on Thursday in Kaduna. “As the 21 days grace handed over to the Federal Government to resolve all lingering issues as well as the recalling of its members sacked by the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) elapsed on Thursday May 31, we scheduled a meeting for June 2, while warning that we cannot guarantee industrial harmony. It may also interest you all that an extraordinary National Executive Council meeting of NARD is scheduled to hold on the 2nd of June, 2018. NARD leadership may not be able to guarantee continuous industrial harmon
JOHESU vs FG: National Industrial Court Issues Another Ruling

JOHESU vs FG: National Industrial Court Issues Another Ruling

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The National Industrial Court, Abuja, says it has taken over the negotiations between the Federal Government and the Joint Health Sector Union, through its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre. The ruling of the court was released by Dr Casmir Ifeanyi, National Publicity Secretary, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN), on Wednesday in Abuja. According to Ifeanyi, the court in its ruling ordered the union and government to nominate their representatives in the ADR process within 24 hours. “The agreement reached at the ADR centre will be registered in the court as judgment binding on both parties. “JOHESU is to initiate the process of allowing normalcy to return to hospitals within three days,” the spokesman said. The court had earlier on May
Cuba Set to Introduce Vaccines against  Lung Cancer

Cuba Set to Introduce Vaccines against Lung Cancer

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Cuba Ambassador in Nigeria, Carlos Trejo Sosa has said his country has concluded plans to introduce vaccines against lung cancer in Nigeria. The Ambassador made this known at the commemoration of African day celebration organized by the Cuban embassy in Abuja. He said, “Plans are underway to introduce vaccines against lung cancer in Nigeria, and initiate the production here in Nigeria with the help of Cubans and we will continue to support Africa in areas of pharmaceutical development and improved health care delivery.  Cuba in collaboration with Nigerian government is introducing some drugs, “it is already being tested, drugs that prevent the amputation of limbs of people who suffer ulcer due to diabetes and end up being amputated; with our drugs that doesn’t happen, 80 to 85%
Activists to JOHESU: Respect Court Order, Save Human Lives

Activists to JOHESU: Respect Court Order, Save Human Lives

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A coalition of human rights activists under the aegis of Activists United Against Graft and Anti-Peoples Policies (AUGAPOL) has asked the striking health workers to respect the recent order of the industrial court, describing their action as illegal and urged them to resume duties to save human lives. The activists led by Comrade Mark Adebayo recently made the call at a briefing with journalists in Lagos. The activists said more than any other parochial interest, the need to protect sanctity of human lives who are dying on a daily basis as a result of the prolonged strike action of the health workers, motivated their intervention"Beyond whatever position being maintained by both parties, the sanctity of human lives who must be protected now make it mandatory for JOHESU to res...
JOHESU Agrees To Suspend Strike June 1

JOHESU Agrees To Suspend Strike June 1

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* As NIC takes over mediation process In consideration of the plight of health-seeking public and to give room for an amicable resolution of its dispute with the Federal Government, the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, on Wednesday agreed to suspend its 44 days old strike on Friday June 1, 2018. This decision followed the intervention of the National Industrial Court, NIC, which offered to take over the mediation process between the striking health workers and the government. Before now, an NGO, the Incorporated Trustees of the Kingdom Human Rights Foundation, KHRFI, had obtained a court order against JOHESU; mandating the health workers to suspend their industrial action on the 21st of May, 2018. But, in pursuit of its constitutional rights to either comply or challenge the Court o...
NGO Advocates Awareness Programme for Thyroid Disease

NGO Advocates Awareness Programme for Thyroid Disease

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A Non-Governmental Organisation, Thyroidism Awareness and Support Initiative, has called for urgent education and prevention programmes to minimise the impact of the thyroid disease in Nigeria. Speaking during a briefing held in Lagos to mark World Thyroid Day last Friday, Executive Director of the NGO, Mrs Iruoma Ofortube, said there was a need for the development of policies to prioritise Thyroid Disorder as one of the primary health issues in the country. “There is also a dire need for provision of diagnostic facilities and training of medical specialists for the treatment of thyroid disorders,” she said. On the challenges of Thyroid disease, Iruoma said, “It appears that governments across the world have not really paid significant attention to thyroid disorder like other public hea